Boss Glenn revealed he dished out a half-time rollicking to his new charges after a disappointing display in the first half.
At that point we were 2-0 down - 45 minutes later and we were celebrating a 3-2 victory thanks to a Gary Doherty double and Stephen Clemence’s first goal of the season.
Glenn commented: “I felt we defended poorly, particularly early in the game.
“When you come to Sunderland you always know they come out of the traps pretty quickly with the passion of the supporters behind them and we defended really sloppy.
“I had a little go at them at half-time. It’s early doors for me and I don’t know these players but we had a bit of go, changed the shape completely in the second half they went out and showed they have character.
“We went out, passed the ball well in the second half and did the things we looked to do in the week.
“We know Sunderland play square and we tried to break from deep positions and it caused them problems in the second half.
“I was delighted with that. With that character alone you can achieve things.”
We certainly needed that character — not only did we go 2-0 down inside 12 minutes but we also had to cope with the loss of Ledley King early on after a sickening clash of heads with Kevin Kilbane.
Glenn changed formation to 4-4-2, brought on Willem Korsten at half-time and the result was a totally transformed display.
“Willem did well for us,” said Glenn. “Big Anthony Gardner came on for Ledley and did fantastic for a young lad who is inexperienced.
“We’ve nine experienced players at home on the treatment table, that has to be taken into account as well.
“I believed we could recover. I felt we’d given the two goals on a plate. I just felt if we could get back in the game we could turn it around because we hadn’t started to play.”
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The players certainly passed Glenn Hoddle’s character test at Sunderland on Saturday.